From Königssee, GER
Feb. 29, 2020 – Anna Berreiter won her second FIL World Cup race of the season, beating out teammate and new World Cup champion Julia Taubitz in the process.
Berreiter carried nearly a tenth of a second lead over Taubitz going into the second heat, with World Cup title contender Tatyana Ivanova just behind in third.
Ivanova needed to finish one spot behind Taubitz to clinch the World Cup title, but on her second run the Russian had one of her worst runs of the season and fell to fourth with both Taubitz and Berreiter to go.
Taubitz took the lead with just Berreiter to go, and while Berreiter’s second run was the third quickest of the heat (behind Viktoriia Demchenko and Taubitz), it was enough to stay ahead of Taubitz to win her second career gold medal.
Taubitz’s finished second, while Demchenko moved up from fifth to third in the second heat on the strength of the quickest run of the day.
The United States’ Summer Britcher had the fourth run in each heat to finish fourth, while Madeleine Egle finished fifth. Ivanova finished sixth.
Taubitz’s silver medal, combined with Ivanova’s sixth place finish, was enough to win her the overall title. Ivanova finished the season in second, just eight points out, while Demchenko finished the season in third.
The United States put all three women in the top 20. Behind Britcher in fourth, Brittney Arndt finished 12th, while Ashley Farquharson finished 20th.
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